Commemorating 50 Years of Japan-Singapore Relations through the Arts
Singapore, 11 February 2016 – Experimental showcases, cutting-edge art installations and thought-provoking lectures – that is what Singapore contemporary art has to offer at the renowned Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, better known as TPAM.
2 In partnership with the Japan Centre, Pacific Basin Arts Communications (PARC), the National Arts Council (NAC) presents the Singapore Focus programme under the TPAM Direction platform. Happening from 6 to 14 February 2016, TPAM is a prominent meeting point for Japanese and international arts professionals, content producers, buyers, and audiences to share, learn and build their networks.
3 Curated by Singaporean dramaturg and producer Tang Fu Kuen, the first Singapore Focus programme introduces five forward-thinking and creative Singapore arts practitioners – Choy Ka Fai, Daniel Kok, Ho Rui An, Tara Transitory, and The Observatory. This line-up of Singapore’s young and emerging art makers is a reflection of innovative explorations in the different genres and broadening of Singapore’s canon of works.
4 Commenting on Singapore’s representation at TPAM, Kathy Lai, Chief Executive Officer of NAC shares, “Through this exchange of cultural practices and ideas, Singapore continues to deepen our ties with the Japanese community. We are delighted to work with PARC to build greater awareness and exposure of our performing arts scene and to develop the network of arts professionals between Singapore, Japan, and the larger international landscape.”
5 Since 2015, TPAM has decided to focus on Asia to profile new trends coming out of this region. With this focus, Tang Fu Kuen was appointed as a TPAM programme director for 2015-2017.
6 This year, the spotlight is on Singapore’s homegrown artists, and each of the five artists will be staging their unique artistic content. Ho Rui An, who delivered a lecture-performance titled Solar: A Meltdown to a full house, says, “Having circulated mostly within the visual arts scene, I'm excited for the opportunity to work within an experimental theatre context. The entire experience of reworking my performance for the stage has been thoroughly enriching. I'm equally thrilled to be presenting in Yokohama as this marks the first time my work is being circulated in Japan, allowing the work to encounter new contexts and audiences."
7 Adds Daniel Kok, who presented the sell-out dance piece titled Bunny, "Japan has always been a rich source of inspiration for me. The philosophy, the landscape, the architecture, the dance and theatre of Japan always motivate me to push my work further towards a simple elegance. This presentation of Bunny at TPAM allows me to continue sharing my work with the Japanese performing arts scene and to further the relationships that I have developed with Japan.”
8 The Singapore Focus programme under the TPAM Direction platform kicks off an exciting calendar of exchanges between Singapore and Japan, as both countries celebrate their 50th year of bilateral relations. Upcoming activities to look forward to include:
- T.H.E Dance Company’s showcase at the 2016 Yokohama Dance Collection happening from 10th to 11th February 2016
- Suntory Hall Programme with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music slated for June 2016
Annex A – Bios of Singapore Artists
Annex B – Schedule of the Singapore Focus programme